Postdoctoral Fellow position in Health Emotions & Altruism Laboratory


The Health Emotions & Altruism Laboratory (HEAL) supervised by Dr. Jennifer Stellar at the University of Toronto is seeking applicants for a Post-doctoral Fellowship funded by the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF). This post-doctoral position will begin between May and September of 2021 (depending on availability and COVID-related restrictions) and will be one year in duration, with an option to renew for a second year.

The post-doctoral student’s primary focus will be conducting empirical research, but they will also be expected to attend and present at weekly lab meetings and the departmental social-personality colloquia series. Applicants should have an interest or background in at least one of the following areas of research:

  • Emotions (especially, but not limited to prosocial/self-transcendent emotions)
  • Altruism, prosociality, and cooperation
  • Morality
  • Empathy

Please consult the HEAL website for the most up-to-date information on HEAL’s research. Familiarity or a speciality in the use of biological measures including autonomic physiology, immune markers, or hormones is also welcome, provided that applicants are interested in using it to study one of the aforementioned subject areas.

Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field by the start date of the appointment, or shortly thereafter. The successful applicant will have a record of excellence in research with high quality contributions in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals and will have research interests that are strongly aligned with HEAL. Equity and diversity are among HEAL’s core values. The lab is seeking candidates who value diversity and whose research bears out a commitment to equity.

Rolling review begins on February 15th, 2021. To apply, please send the following materials to the HEAL email at

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Research statement outlining past and current research, future research interests, and why HEAL is a good fit for your research interests and development (3-5 pages)
  3. 2-3 letters of reference submitted separately by the letter writers themselves

Both international and Canadian applicants are welcome. Please email if you have any questions or concerns.